VERBUM SAPIENTIBUS SATIS
By Andrew Castiglione
Founder - Ken Aston Referee Society
Players usually work at it-so should you. Everyone respects hard work.
Tell yourself, "I’m going to stay with play. I’ll run with the players.
I am up to this game. My effort will be worthy of this game." Earn
respect. You are there to make calls that control the game. Make them!
Fans / Critics
Fans are usually ignorant of the laws, highly emotional and biased. Some
yell, ‘get after’ referees. So what? Ignore them. Ask coach to deal with
them, if they get out of hand. Sometimes coaches, others have good
points to criticize. Some of that is OK. Ask experienced officials about
it. Assessments can help. No player, coach or referee is perfect. Anyone
can work to improve.
Be In Charge
Show confidence. Dress in proper uniform, knee socks up. Shoes polished.
Be firm but positive. Act-never threaten. If it deserves your action- do
it. Actions speak louder than words. Never justify or explain calls.
Appearance, voice, whistles, and solid effort: show you are there to do
the job. Say little. Let players play.
Turn Off Heat
When things heat up, emotions run high, you are the one to be calm. You
can do the right thing, with a degree of calmness. Be sure, then
act-under control. Make calls, especially fouls decisively, right away.
If it looks like a bad thing-it is probably a foul. Stop it. Call it.
Injuries-stop play. Be sensitive to the younger players. Young means you
need to stop for even slight injuries- immediately!!! Slow it down. When
things slow down, they cool off.
If the moment is appropriate (quiet, calm, no controversy) then respond
to polite normal tone of voice inquiry. " Why did you call that?” ‘I saw
it that way.’ Or ‘The call has been made.’ "What’s the call?" ’Blue ball
going this way.’ " You missed a throw-in.” ‘You’re right #12 we all miss
a few. I’ll keep a closer eye out.’ "How much time left?" ‘Less than
10’, ‘about half the period left’, ‘under 2 minutes’, etc. (Be general.
Later, you may have to stop clock for good reason.)
Never, NEVER!!! Debate a call.
Be decisive. Avoid talking to rude, hostile coaches or players. One
cannot reason with the unreasonable person. Get on with play.
Yet you can be approachable & human: Example: If you point wrong way and
realize your error, (before play has restarted), correct it. ‘I’m sorry,
it is this way.’ "Ref watch the pushing." ‘Thanks, I will. Both teams.’
Then get on with play.
A moving ball is best friend of referee and players alike